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Are there any well-known Christian nihilists?

I have been studying Nietzsche, and I find his ideas thought-provoking. Doing a wider search of the literature on the subject of nihilism, I note that very nearly all of the content that espouses ...
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How young do children start to receive communion regularly in Eastern Catholic/Orthodox churches?

I know that in the Eastern Orthodox and Eastern Catholic churches communion is given to infants at baptism along with chrismation. What about after that? Do they continue all throughout childhood, or ...
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Old Roman Catholic Bibles having indulgence charts?

I just listened to a podcast of an Orthodox priest talking about his conversion into the Eastern Orthodox church. He mentioned something about how he once courted an irish Catholic girl who had a big ...
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What is the Roman Catholic stance on levitation?

There are many stories of certain saints levitating or even flying. Many include reports of some particular saint seen hovering a few feet above the ground as they were deep in prayer. Does the Roman ...
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What is a spirit attachment?

This is a multi-part question. what is a Spirit Attachment? For those that believe in it: what is it, how does it work, how does one protect ones self from it?
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Is it Biblical to think that Jesus died for me specifically?

Is it Biblical to think that Jesus died for me specifically? I know that He died for the whole world, but is it Biblical to think of Jesus as coming to die specifically for me? Is it possible that I ...
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What does Karl Barth imply by God entrusting us with a “nobile officium”?

In Evangelical Theology: An Introduction, chapter 8, Karl Barth writes: It is splendid and beautiful to be assigned a duty by the God of the Gospel who is the object of evangelical theology, but ...
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Are we saved by grace or works? [closed]

Throughout the New Testament there seems to be a distinction drawn between grace and works, it is almost as if one salvation question is “who you are” and the second salvation question is “what have ...
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What is the symbolism of the Peacock?

In some churches I have seen, the peacock is used in furniture or other similar items: It can also be seen in some Iconography and decoration: I was just wondering what the symbolism of the ...
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Commandment about idols and idolatry in OT

God continually tells the people throughout the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) to not turn to idolatry. Exodus 20:4 says: “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of ...
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What were the early Christians officially persecuted for?

I wonder what the early Christians were officially persecuted for by the high priests? In the book of Acts we see that Saul, before his conversion, received some letters from the high priest that ...
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Can you proof trinity by Jesus's words alone? [closed]

Is it possible to prove the concept of Trinity from using the actual sayings of Jesus himself in the bible?
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What questions raised by ancient Greek philosophy were answered by Christianity?

I have heard several Christian philosophers (Robert Koons, Dallas Willard, for example) say that Christianity emphatically answered a lot of questions posed by ancient Greek philosophy. For example, ...
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How many children did Adam and Eve have?

I recall someone suggesting to me one time that Adam and Eve had a total or twenty of so children, and that this came from some Jewish writings. Is there any indication, then, from history regarding ...
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To whom does Pope Francis confess?

So, Popes sin too. (At least, I assume they do.) Presumably, they confess their sin and do penance. Who hears his confession? Is it an office that rotates, or one individual? And, does the Pope ...
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Do most Christian scientists have a Literal Creationist viewpoint?

I have been thinking a lot about creation lately, and I am just curious as to whether most scientists believe the literal account or if they believe in some form of theistic evolution.
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Who is to administer The Holy Sacraments

What is the biblical support for the practice that only ordained church leaders should administer the only sacraments of baptism and the Lord's Supper?
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Can theological trends explain reasons for male / female divide in (US) worship?

It's been said that women are better represented in the pews of US congregations. This link says it's 61% female. Questions: 1) Is the ratio this strong if you account for higher female longevity? ...
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Does the taxpayer take any part in funding Christian Churches in Britain?

Are organisations such as the Church of England and the Catholic Church funded at all by the taxpayer? It was something I thought of the other day but I thought it couldn't possibly be true as it ...
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Are there equal numbers of male and female Christians?

I've heard it suggested the male/female ratio of Christians is such that there are significantly more female Christians than male Christians. Is this true? I don't seem to be able to find an answer ...
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Is there anything in the Bible that suggests joy in Heaven is greater than best of Earthly joy? [duplicate]

Writer Randy Alcorn suggests we CAN imagine Heaven. In fairness to his viewpoint the 'Eye hath not seen nor ears heard..." quote from Corintheans (if fully read through) does NOT mean we cannot ...
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What are the reasons for having special names for God/ Jesus?

I was watching the "Truth Project" (a religious DVD) and the speaker kept referring to "Jehovah Jireh". A recent answer here makes a reference to "Yahshua Ha-Maschiach", whom we have to infer is ...
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To which prophets does Peter refer in 1 Peter 1:10-11?

To which prophecies does Peter refer in these verses? 1 Peter 1:10,11: 10 Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come ...
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Under Catholic dogma can someone publicly rebuke the Pope like Paul rebuked Peter?

In Galatians chapter 2 Paul explains how he had to rebuke the Apostle Peter as he was acting hypocritically over a matter very serious and central to the meaning of the gospel: When Cephas came to ...
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What evidence is available that Mt Moriah is actually the Temple Mount?

In Sunday school this week we discussed (among several other things) the sacrifice of Isaac. The teacher pointed us to a footnote that appears in several editions of the scripture. It seems that ...
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Where did the Petrine title of “First Among Equals” originate?

Contrary to the Roman Catholic assertion that Peter and his successors are the Supreme Pontiff, the Orthodox Catholic Churches assert that Peter and his successors hold the honorary title of the First ...
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Why are Kingdom Halls sometimes built in the “quick-build” manner?

Wikipedia has an article on Kingdom Halls that states: In many countries, a number of standard designs of construction are used that can be built in just a few days. The act of constructing a ...
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With the priesthood of all believers do we need priest or pastor as church leaders? [duplicate]

The Old Testament talks about Levites as priest and the New Testament talks of priesthood of all believers. But then there is the gift to some as pastors, teachers and evangelists (Eph 4:11) in the ...
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What is the biblical basis for the idea that the church is a hospital for sinners?

Pope Francis, in his recent interview, uses a very common metaphor for the church: “I see clearly,” the pope continues, “that the thing the church needs most today is the ability to heal wounds ...
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Is *infallibilitas in credendo* a new or established doctrine within the Roman Catholic Church?

In Pope Francis' recent interview, he says: Thinking with the church, therefore, is my way of being a part of this people. And all the faithful, considered as a whole, are infallible in matters of ...
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How do we know that Satan, Lucifer, and Devil are the same guy? [duplicate]

Satan seems like God's prosecutor in Job. Lucifer are just the planet venus that's used to describe king of Tyre. Then Jesus talk about devil once in Matthew ...
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Is there a good example of believers seeking out advice from other believers in the Bible, especially one that is a story children would understand?

I am also looking for an example of believers (Old Testament Jews or New Testament Christians) getting advice from other believers. Again, this is for teaching children aged 5-8 so ideally it will be ...
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Example for children of common sense in the Bible

I'm looking for one or more examples, preferably stories, of common sense in the Bible. This is for teaching church children, aged 5-8. Ideally, the story will involve peer pressure, and someone ...
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How to live a life of blessing like Solomon [closed]

We all know that Solomon was the wisest & wealthiest man in the bible, however he moved away from God eventually. My question today is how to live a blessed life like Solomon did? By being Rich, ...
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The Eunuch being converted by Phillip? [closed]

There is a passage in the Bible talks about an eunuch traveling on the road and reading from Isaiah. The Phillip saw him, talked to him, and baptized him. Which passage is it? Is that passage enough ...
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Was Jesus perfect his entire life? - Isaiah 7

Was Jesus perfect his entire life? This passage seems to suggest otherwise. I've never had a good answer to this question when referring to this passage. Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz, “Ask a sign ...
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Seeming paradox arising from idea of eternal life [closed]

Here is one of the things about the idea of eternal life that I don't understand and that seems paradox to me: If a human has no existence before having been begot by his parents, yet if a human has ...
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How do Old Earth Literalist handle the Biblical Earth age?

I find it a confusing paradox, maybe someone can help clear this up. If someone considers themselves to be a Biblical Literalist AND an Old Earth Creationist, how do you handle the dates within the ...
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Why did the disciples cast lots when the Holy spirit was promised

In the book of Acts Chapter 1:v 4-5 regarding an earlier speech of Jesus,it is written On one occasion,while he was eating with them he gave them this command:Do not leave Jerusalem,but wait for ...
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What is the creationist view on animals equipped with lethal weapons?

If God created the world with the intention that his creatures should live in harmony (as pictured in Isaiah 11:6-9) why did he create some animals with lethal weapons? Why do spiders make webs to ...
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Catholic's view on artificial self-enhancement

I am writing a story wherein a pill to increase empathy and awareness of your fellow human being is invented. I was wondering what the view of the Catholic church is on self-enhancement. I went to a ...
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Was God living in darkness before the creation of light?

After reading this question, another question came to my mind. If God created the light only after the creation of the universe, then does it mean there was no light in Heaven? If we read the context ...
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Why does no one know what Jesus looks like? [duplicate]

Jesus came to Earth or was born roughly 2000 years ago. At least 500 years earlier, there were civilizations in the Middle Eastern / Near Eastern region that could carve the faces of their kings and ...
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so few churches acknowledge singles in light of 1 Corinthians 7: 6-9 is this an oversight?

In the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, etc.,) we really don't see Matthew & Rose, Mark & Betty, Luke & Beatrice, John & Sally, etc. Why do churches put so much emphasis on ...
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What translation of Augustine's Confessions is the easiest to read in English?

Not all translations are created equal, and often the public domain ones freely available online are some of the worst. Augustine fans out there - whose translation of Confessions or City of God is ...
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Comparison of worth to the Father between Jesus and His people

Who is more important to God the Father: Jesus His Only Son? The people Jesus died for? This was posed to me today by a friend and I have no idea how to answer it. If 1. is chosen, then it would ...
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Biblical literalness and the speed of light [duplicate]

How do biblical literalists defend that if a star is 10 million light years away and we can see the light from it, therefore the Earth would have to be at least 10 million years old? That is, ...
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To whom do the Eastern Orthodox Church's believe the “Keys to the Kingdom” were given by Jesus?

"I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 16:19) This is ...
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What is the history of the “Sunday School publishing industry”?

As I understand it, Christian education over the centuries often involved a catechism, decade after decade, where both the student and teacher memorized a long and complete set of doctrines, often in ...
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John 5:30 - Trinity [duplicate]

I've been trying to grasp the concept of trinity by doing my own research, but understandably sometimes it is difficult to understand the message when reading the Bible. Can someone clarify how the ...

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